I am very pleased to see VMware just announced the beta of vSphere. I think it is great that everyone has the chance to sign up, download it, test it and provide feedback on such a critical part of your environment! Who doesn’t love to play with cutting edge technology? I know I do! Especially for all the bloggers and book authors out there this is an excellent opportunity to already start working on articles (or a book) for the launch time frame, whenever that will be. I have my engines fired up, downloading the bits as I write this…
How do you join?
- Navigate to https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/vsphere-beta and click “JOIN NOW!” button on the right hand side!
- Log in with your My VMware account. (Please register for an account if you don’t have one).
- Once you have an account and are logged in, please accept the Master Software Beta Test Agreement (MSBTA) and Program Rules screens if you have not already done so in the past.
- After doing this you should be in the vSphere Beta 2 community.
There are 2 webinars coming up, which I would recommend attending:
- Introduction / Overview – Tuesday, July 8, 2014
- Installation & Upgrade – Thursday, July 10, 2014
One of the features, which is part of the beta, that I am excited about is Virtual Volumes. I have written about this concept a bunch of times (here and here) and I hope you folks will appreciate this feature as much as I do. If you are interested, look at this VVOL Beta page. You may wonder, why a separate page for VVOL beta? Well that is because you will need a VVOL capable storage solution…
Reminder: Before anyone forgets, the vSphere Beta is open to public but it is NOT a public beta. It still is a private beta and NDA applies!